Brazen Phoenix Shooting at DPS Detectives Vehicle

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A brazen Phoenix shooting at a DPS Detectives vehicle on Thursday led to the arrest of a 17 year old Hispanic male, and a manhunt for his driver. The two detectives were sitting in their vehicle, watching a  situation nearby. A silver Infiniti pulled in front of them, honking its horn. The teen hopped out of the car with an AR style rifle and began shooting at the Detectives, who were able to take cover and shoot back.

The driver of the Infiniti sped off, leaving the 17 year old behind to get arrested and his gun seized. (With friends like that who needs enemies?) Police are searching for a Hispanic male in his late teens. There were no reports of injuries.

The two detectives in the vehicle were in uniform at the time. Though they were visible, the car was unmarked. (AZ Family) It is unknown whether the situation they were monitoring as support was ruined by the honking horn and rifle shots, but likely.

Arizona Department of Public Safety wrote:  “AZDPS detectives seek public assistance locating this vehicle, believe to be a silver 2008-2013 Infinity (sic) model G-27 with custom wheels. It has a temporary plate and appears othave chipped paint below the license plate area.Is seen, please call 9-1-1- immediately…The suspect who fired multiple rounds at our detectives was the passenger in this vehicle. We’re still looking for the driver and the vehicle. The passenger is in custody. Shooting occurred at 37th Avenue & Portland in Phoenix.”

KTAR news reported that this is the 4th shooting involving DPS troopers so far this year.

A “Blue Alert” was issued at noon on Thursday. The system sends emergency messages to all cell phones in the area. The system is not used often, and has specific criteria:

 As prescribed by A.R.S. 41-1726, specific criteria are established in statue. DPS will issue a Blue Alert when the following criteria has been met as listed below. 

  1. A law enforcement officer has been killed, suffered serious bodily injury or has been assaulted with a deadly weapon and the suspect has fled the scene of the offense.
  2. A law enforcement agency investigating the offense has determined that the suspect poses an imminent threat to the public or other law enforcement personnel.
  3. A detailed description of the suspect’s vehicle or license plate is available for broadcast.
  4. Public dissemination of available information may help avert further harm or accelerate apprehension of the suspect.

Featured photo: all screenshots via AZ Family video of the incident.

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